When: Saturday, May 10, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM
Who: Bich Minh Nguyen, Ariel Gore, Juliette Wade, David Winter and Baruch Porras-Hernandez!
How much: $5 to $10, all proceeds benefit the CSC
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco
About the readers/performers:
Bich Minh Nguyen's latest novel is Pioneer Girl. Short Girls, a novel, was an American Book Award winner in fiction and and a Library Journal best book of the year. Stealing Buddha's Dinner, a memoir, received the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book. Nguyen's work has also appeared in publications including The New York Times and the FOUND Magazine anthology. She has also coedited three anthologies: 30/30: Thirty American Stories from the Last Thirty Years; Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye; and The Contemporary American Short Story.
Ariel Gore is the editor & publisher of the Alternative Press Award-winning magazine Hip Mama and the author of eight books. Her latest, The End of Eve, chronicles her years spent caring for her dying mother. The memoir has been called “Terms of Endearment meets Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Ariel Gore’s previous books include the bestselling Hip Mama Survival Guide, The Mother Trip, Oregon Book Award finalist Atlas of the Human Heart, Whatever, Mom, The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, and Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness. She’s also edited half a dozen anthologies, including Breeder, The People’s Apocalypse, and the LAMBDA-award winning Portland Queer.
Juliette Wade has appeared in Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine, where her most recent story, “The Liars,” was illustrated by Michael Whelan (Oct 2012 issue). She has turned her studies in linguistics, anthropology and Japanese language and culture into tools for writing fantasy and science fiction. She lives the Bay Area of Northern California with her husband and two children, who support and inspire her. She blogs about language and culture in SF/F at Talk To Yo Universe, and runs the “Dive into Worldbuilding!” hangout series on Google+. Look for her next in the July/August issue of Analog!
David Winter is the author of the poetry chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press, 2013). His poems also appear in Atlanta Review, Union Station, Four Way Review, and For Some Time Now: Performance Poets of New York City. In 2011, he founded a sliding-scale Creative Writing Intensive in partnership with SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay Elders), and he currently teaches writing at The Ohio State University.
Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a writer, performance artist, organizer, actor and storyteller based in San Francisco. He has performed all over California, Washington D.C., NYC, and Canada. His writing has been published in numerous anthologies, he regularly organizes poetry shows in the bayarea, and is currently the curator and head organizer for The San Francisco Queer Performance Series. Mr. Porras-Hernandez has performed as an actor most notably at CalShakes, Magic Theatre, Word for Word and Shotgun Players. As a performance artists he has performed at CounterPulse, SoMa Arts, The Garage and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is a recipient of the Queer Cultural Center Grant for the Arts and Galeía de la Raza’s Regen Artist fund. He premiered his first solo show Reasons to Stay on the Ground at the Garage Art space in 2010, and has previewed his solo work at spaces like The Marsh and MamaCalizo’s Voice Factory. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University. He was born in Toluca, Mexico and grew up in Albany, California.
About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won numerous “Best ofs” from local newspapers, and has been mentioned in 7x7, Spin Magazine and one of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City novels. The spoken word “variety show” mixes genres to raise money for local causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.